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Memphis Legend Jim Dickinson, R.I.P.
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James Luther "Jim" Dickinson (November 15, 1941 - August 15, 2009) was an American record producer, pianist, and singer who fronted, among others, the Memphis based band, Snake Eyes.

Legendary Memphis musician and producer James Luther "Jim" Dickinson died on Saturday, August 15, 2009 after suffering complications from triple bypass surgery. Dickinson was 67 years old at the time of his death. Dickinson is probably best-known as the father of Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, but his contributions to the formation of the Memphis sound are immeasurable.

One of the unheralded MVPs of rock, soul, and blues music, Jim Dickinson was a gifted songwriter, musician, and producer who worked with the likes of Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, and the Replacements, among many others. A Memphis native who thrived in the city's melting pot of blues, R&B, rockabilly, and gospel, Dickinson took it all in, and not only managed to impart this distinctive musical flavor to his own infrequent recordings, but also to those that he produced.

Dickinson stayed busy right up until his hospitalization in June for heart problems, recording the recently-released Dinosaurs Run In Circles album, his third release for the Memphis International Records label, and performing with in the local rock band Snake Eyes with musicians half his age (or younger). Dickinson will be mourned by his family and friends and a worldwide fan base that appreciated his unique musical gifts.

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